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January 7, 2011, 1:19 pm
Filed under: Kim Janssen, neednowater records, Rue Royale, This Is The Kit

Rue Royale launch their new single “Halfway Blind” on Need No Water records, with support from This Is The Kit and The Black Atlantic’s Kim Janssen and records spun by Need No Water and The Camden Store DJs. A new venue for a Kick The Plug show too. Exciting stuff eh?

26 January · 20:00 – 23:30

Upstairs at:
Sir Richard Steele
79 Haverstock Hill
London, United Kingdom

Ticket link right here:

Rue Royale

This Is The Kit

Kim Janssen


Kick the Plug returns once again to Clerkenwell’s Wilmington Arms. This time around we present Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains, Adelaide’s Cape and Klaus.

Expect musical brilliance, culinary treats and badges aplenty.

Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains
François Marry is a multi-talented songwriter, musician, animator and artist, hailing from the west coast of France. At the age of 19, François travelled over to the UK, and quickly became involved in the Bristol scene, playing a number garnering notable support slots (including Juana Molina, Gravenhurst, Patrick Wolf, Panda Bear, Electrelane) and assembling an ever-changing band of players called ʻThe Atlas Mountainsʼ – whose cast has included Rachael Dadd (Angelʼs Egg), and Rozi Plain – and has performed around the globe, as well as being a touring member of Scottish indie-pop starlets Camera Obscura (4AD), on trumpet and percussion.
Françoisʼ previous releases often featured casio-beats, and lo-fi electronics – but new album Plaine Inondable marks a departure from that style. piano chords swell, electric guitars gently shimmer, and Françoisʼ soft croon floats throughout – his bilingual songs melding the bitter-sweet yearning of Leonard Cohen with the melodic playfulness of Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. The result is a confident and unique blend of styles, that dreamily infuse with one another; a semi-conscious state, which is further reflected in the fluctuation between French and English lyrics.

Adelaide’s Cape
Adelaide’s Cape is the creative outlet of musician and songwriter Sam Taylor, with a helping hand from his musical mates. So far he has been lucky enough to tour with Alessi’s Ark and Rachael Dadd, and has shared stages with Pete Roe, First Aid Kit, the Wilkommen Collective and Polly & The Billet Doux amongst others. He has also toured the UK on his lonesome, and will be off on tour with The Miserable Rich at the beginning of June.


Meet Brighton based singer songwriter KLAUS, (formerly referred to as Klaus Says Buy The Record). Klaus is the recognized winner of the Red Stripe Music Award 2008, and is also known for his achievements in reaching the final stages of Channel 4’s ‘Orange Unsigned Act’ last spring. Since last summer, Klaus has toured and performed with the likes of Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jo Lean And The Jing Jang Jong, Dirty Pretty Things, and Youth Movies. He has also performed at some of the UK’s major festivals including The Great Escape, Lovebox and Offset. In August 2009 Klaus signed to Sheffield based indie label Small Town Records, his debut release “Lights Out” was recorded last summer and was released September 21st 2009. Klaus’ debut EP received critical acclaim and is available nationwide now. In February of this year, Klaus recorded his first single ‘Belly Of The Sea’ which is released nationwide May 24th.


Chris James

Jasmina Machina

Kim Janssen


KICK THE PLUG APRIL 7th RUE ROYALE + thefancydressparty + Magic Lantern

Ooooh baby. I feel like the music sounds better with US. Not you. Us.

Kick the Plug again and this time we have a band that will be royally right up your street. That’s right, it’s Rue Royale!

On before them we have The Fancy Dress Party. To honour them, I’m coming dressed as myself circa February 2010. Which incidentally is the same as myself circa 2005. I need new clothes.

To warm you up we have The Magic Lantern. They’ll be lighting up the Wilmington Stage. I’m all out of cheesy puns about them now.

See you on the 7th.


February 12, 2010, 9:39 am
Filed under: Katie Malco, My First Tooth, neednowater records, WIlmington Arms, Wise Children

What’s this? Another Kick The Plug a month after the last one?  Yes, you can all relax now in the knowledge that the Christmas break was in fact just that and monthly events are back as the norm.

Headlining the night on March 3rd we’ve got Kick The Plug favourites My First Tooth, who are also playing as a four piece for us:

and we’re very lucky to get an acoustic set from Wise Children .

and the excellent Katie Malco

tickets available here:

Kick The Plug February 3rd 2010 w/ Rachael Dadd + This Is The Kit + Stairs to Korea


…Wednesday night, the 3rd of February.

With spurious references to mid-90s chart dance, it can only mean one thing… Kick the Plug is BACK!

As it’s the first KTP in three months you’d be well within your rights to expect a particularly spiffy event, as we’ve had plenty of time to prepare so without further ado, here is the illustrious line-up:

Rachael Dadd

This Is The Kit

Stairs to Korea

tickets available here:

Kick The Plug November 4th 2009 w/ Broadcast 2000 + Stars Of Sunday League + Soy Un Caballo

KTP_NOV09_MDBroadcast 2000 + Stars Of Sunday League + Soy Un Caballo with DJ sets from the Neednowater DJs

Price: £4 adv from wegottickets/£5 on the door
ticket link:

Kick The Plug August 5th 2009 w/ 6 Day Riot + Mariners Children + Rowan Coupland


And so we’re back, from outer space… not really, just N16 but they’re both full of stars. Just the other day, I saw Tjinder Singh chatting with John Power on Church Street. Stellar.

Anyway, this month we have a headline set from Six Day Riot, which is incidentally what happened when we decided to take a month off. We have support from Mariners Children and Rowan Coupland.

myspace links: (Which is Mariners Children)

6 Day Riot are aces:

“a great big, bouncy, cynic-defying barrel of fun” Word

“sunny harmonies, calypso beats, buoyant melodies and quirky lyrics. Unashamedly poppy and irrepressibly charming” NME

“Stealing beats and licks from all over the folk-pop globe, ukulele led acoustica bursting with a joyous Afro-Latin energy… recalling the post punk clatter of Bow Wow Wow with a side order of Vampire Weekend” Uncut

“Lush” Independent on Sunday

“Fin de siècle folk-pop.. splendid” The Times

“Woozy Folk-Pop, a glorious jamboree of sound and sentiment. Come join the parade.” Clash

“rich both lyrically and musically, an enchanting album” The Fly

“Think Los Campesinos crossed with Emmy the Great at an evangelical church meeting with a revolutionary political agenda” Artrocker

“Unashamedly poppy and unashamedly fun while touching on serious, almost cathartic issues makes for a fine, fine record.” 8/10, 405

“Fuzzy, expressive, eccentric earthy pop songs” The List

Wilmington Arms, 69 Roseberry Avenue, EC1R 4RL
020 7837 1384
nearest tube Angel/Farringdon

£5 on the door
£4 advance from wegottickets

the neednowater label + kick the plug myspace

The Wilmington Arms

Kick The Plug May 6th 2009 w/ Stornoway + Rue Royale + This Is The Kit


Advance Tickets available from here:

Kick the Plug once again makes the monthly visit to Clerkenwell’s Wilmington Arms. This time around we present epic folk from Oxford-based Stornoway, with support from Rue Royale and a solo set from Sunday Best favourite This Is The Kit.
Expect musical brilliance, with culinary treats and badges aplenty, and musical interludes provided by Mark and Tom of Neednowater.

The band consists of an Ornithologist, an occasional Russian translator, a South African Pirate Captain, a human radio and a kitchen sink. They were first united in a snow-encrusted garage in Oxford and have since attracted the attention of Dr & Mrs Killjoy the neighbours and their android children. None of the band have ever been to Stornoway. But Brian once got to within 37 miles of it.

‘Officially the brainiest group ever, Stornoway’s big music worked a treat.’

‘Stornoway have such a masterful control of melody, texture and dynamics that their live show is fantastically, continuously entertaining’

‘This is perfect…I think you’re gonna love this’
COLIN MURRAY playing Stornoway on BBC RADIO 1

‘Cerebral, jaunty and at the same time powerful and wistful…they have everything and they do it all superbly.’

‘Stornoway conjour up the innocent coziness of early Belle and Sebastian…Indie pop fans will melt in the brains.’

Named after a highway running through the Chicago suburbs, Rue Royale’s musical journey has taken in a lot of sights in just two years.

In March 2008 Ruth and Brookln Dekker made the full-time touring band plunge, moving out of their house, in with some friends and selling all their belongings… save for a kick drum, shakers, guitar and a sat nav named Shelley. Straight in at the deep end, a 20-date European tour led to coverage on XFM (topping their weekly “Music Response” ballot) and BBC Six Music (“Introducing with Tom Robinson”) and boasted sold out concerts in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

Rue Royale developed from Ruth and Brookln’s over-the-pond relationship. Influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Sufjan Stevens, Zero 7 and the northern UK soul of Elbow and The Doves, they began writing together and gradually developed the candle-lit Rue Royale sound, honed through acoustic gigs and home-recorded demos.

Brookln grew up in St Louis, to church-music leading parents. He played the coffee-house circuit with God’s Green Earth before moving to Chicago in 1998. Ruth was raised in Midlands county Staffordshire in the UK, a stone’s throw from the historic city of Lichfield with it’s 1,300-year-old cathedral. Teenage years sound-tracked by 90’s Brit-pop and folk-rock, she met Brookln when touring Stateside. They wed in England five years ago and settled in Chicago soon after.

Brookln and Ruth started performing together in March 2006, and have since gigged extensively, clocked up hours of radio play across the US, had one of their tunes on MTV and amassed over 100,000 plays on myspace.

A lovingly illustrated EP, The Search For Where To Go (May 2006), was the first fruit with copies dispatched to intrigued music fans throughout the US, Canada, England, Germany and France.

Rue Royale unveiled their debut long-player at the start of 2008 – following a year that saw them firmly establish themselves on the musical map. The eponymous Rue Royale was recorded in December 2007 and independently released in February.

Not content with playing in all corners of Europe – ranging from the historic Sturmglocke squat site in Hanover to an intimate house show in rural Yorkshire – Rue Royale will leave their Chicago base to set up home in the UK this summer. Their plans for EU domination continue with another intensive tour of the European mainland this summer.

A not to be missed solo show from the spine tingling voice of Kate Stabels, “This is the Kit”,  who first grabbed our attention with her “Two wooden spoons” 7″ on Sunday Best. On tour in the UK in April and May, here to promote both her album “krulle Bol” and spilt 7″ with Soy un Caballo, so catch her while you can!

‘This is the Kit is Kate Stables, a lady in possession of a voice as pure and shiver-inducing as the morning dew. Her album, Krulle Bol, features simple songs in which said voice takes centre stage, with just a few simple plucks of the guitar as accompaniment. Kate’s lyrics are mostly pretty down to earth, but with Birchwood Beaker she starts to sound more pagan and witch-like, singing about snow, migrating geese and Odin… Originally from Winchester, and now settled in Paris via Bristol, This is the Kit is a favourite of Rob Da Bank.’ – subba-cultcha

Kick The Plug April 1st 2009 w/ Six Toes + The Greenland Choir + Katie Malco + Tristram


A change of pace after last months barnstorming Sons of Noel & Adrian led stampathon.

April sees KTP presenting the excellently sinister Six Toes, the serene and elegant The Greenland Choir and sets from Tristram and Katie Malco (that’s two sets, not one collaboration).

Six Toes

‘Scruffy, sinister folk rock. Something like Anthony and the Johnsons singing the scariest words of Aleister Crowley. In hell’. – NME

After touring with the Mystery Jets, King Creosote and Jamie T in 2007, SixToes retreated to the deepest darkest fenland backwater town of Ely (Cambridgeshire, England), to build a little home studio sandwiched between the asylum and historic cathedral. As the cold closed in they hightailed it back to their squat in London where they put together the finishing touches to their album. The band consists two vocalists, who trade in wide, off kilter harmonies, cello, violin, double bass and percussion. Their remix of Maps’ ‘Elouise’ was recently released by Mute Records followed with their AA single ‘Four Leaved Clover / Reggae Song. The band have just released their debut album ‘Trick Of The Night’.

The Greenland Choir

There’s hushed vocals over tinkly guitar lines and glockenspiel, piano etc. If that’s your thing, and lets face it, it darn well should be, The Greenland Choir will be right up your street. They’ve come all the way from Greenland too*, so attendance is the least you could do.

* this bit may not** be true.
** isn’t.

Katie Malco

A return to KTP for the wonderful Katie Malco. She played our second ever KTP and frankly, I’m appalled it’s taken us so long to get her back but back she is and I’ve punished the other KTP members suitably for the delay. She sings heartfelt folk songs with a beautiful voice. Think Joni Mitchell but better. Yes, I went there.


Soon to be huge, if there’s any justice in the world (thanks Lemar), Tristram is a one man folk machine. I’ve no idea if it’s just one man but the songs are brilliant. Listen on his myspace (v down there v) if you don’t believe me.